This pulled pork casserole recipe is truly the perfect comfort food dish. It combines layers of pulled pork with tangy BBQ sauce, tender veggies, crispy hash browns, and shredded colby jack cheese to make a casserole that's to die for. In addition to tasting incredible, this recipe also happens to be super easy to make!
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The Best Pulled Pork Casserole
If pulled pork sandwiches are your favorite thing on the menu at your local BBQ spot, then just wait until you try this delicious pulled pork casserole recipe! It's easily one of the best leftover pulled pork recipes you'll ever have.
It's way better than any sandwich you can get, and it's loaded with so much flavor. I mean, this dish is chock-full of tender, shredded pork, sweet, tangy BBQ sauce, a mix of veggies, and hash browns. Then, all of that gets covered in shredded cheese and baked to golden brown deliciousness. It's a little savory, a little smoky, a little sweet, and a whole 'lotta yummy!
Anyway, you probably know by now I'm a huge fan of easy casseroles, and one of the reasons I can't get enough of this one is that it's so, so simple to make.
The whole thing takes about 45 minutes from start to finish, with the majority of the time spent baking the casserole.
Also, since this recipe is such a breeze to make, you'll have plenty of time to whip up a side dish to go along with it. I personally love to serve it with this sweet potato cornbread and these savory turnip greens.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Easy to make. All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a couple of bowls, add them to a casserole dish, top the whole thing with cheese, and bake. You don't even have to defrost your hash browns!
The flavor. From the juicy BBQ pulled pork to the crispy hash browns and melted shredded cheese, there's a lot to love about this casserole.
Crowd favorite. Anyone who likes pulled pork is obsessed with this casserole. It'll be a hit at any cookout or family gathering.
- Cooked pulled pork or leftover pulled pork- you can make my sous vide pulled pork if you need a recipe!
- BBQ sauce- your favorite one. I like to use a smoky barbecue sauce.
- Shredded colby jack cheese- shredded cheddar cheese works great too.
- Frozen shredded hash browns- any brand is great. Just make sure you thaw them and drain the excess liquid before starting the recipe.
- Corn- to add a crunch to the filling.
- Red onion and green bell pepper- diced for some more flavor.
- Salt and pepper- to taste.
- Parsley- for garnish
By the way, you can actually use a lot of these ingredients to make this chicken hashbrown casserole as well. So if you end up with some extras of them, you might want to try that casserole out next!
How To Make Pulled Pork Casserole
Step 1: Prep work. First things first, you'll want to preheat your oven to 350°F (180ºC) and then prep a baking dish with some nonstick cooking spray. Next, take out a large bowl and mix together the cooked shredded pork with the barbecue sauce of your choice. Then, grab a second bowl, and mix together half of the shredded cheese, frozen hashbrowns, corn, onion, and green bell pepper.
Step 2: Assemble the casserole. Once all of your ingredients are fully mixed together, transfer the pulled pork mixture to the prepared baking dish, and then top it with the hashbrown mixture. You could even mix the pulled pork with the veggies and hashbrowns and transfer the combined mixture to the baking dish if you want to. I just like giving it layers.
Step 3: Bake. Evenly cover it with the remaining cheese and bake it for 25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown on top.
Step 4: Serve. When the casserole is done baking, allow it to cool for a couple of minutes before serving. Then, finally, you can serve your finished casserole on a plate with fresh parsley and anything else you want. Enjoy!
My Pro Tips To Make The Best Recipe
- If you want extra crispy hash browns, cook them for about 10 minutes before assembling the rest of the dish.
- Swap the hash browns for mac and cheese to make the ultimate pulled pork mac and cheese!
- Top this leftover pulled pork casserole with a little sour cream, or just garnish the whole thing with fresh green onions.
- Serve the casserole with tortilla chips for dipping or warm corn tortillas to make some juicy pulled pork tacos.
- Buy pre-cooked pork from the store to save time when you're ready to make this casserole recipe.
How I Recommend Storing Leftovers
This recipe makes about 6 servings, so it's the perfect casserole to feed a big hungry family or eat as leftovers throughout the week.
Just transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Just keep in mind that the time you can keep the casserole depends on whether you're using pulled pork made that day or leftover pulled pork.
Alternatively, if you want your leftovers to last even longer, you can freeze them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.
How I Recommend Reheating The Casserole
My favorite way to reheat the leftovers is to put them back in the casserole dish and warm them up in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
On the other hand, if you just want to reheat just a single serving of your leftovers, you can just microwave them. I usually heat them in 30-second intervals until fully warmed through. About 2 minutes should do the trick.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this pulled pork casserole with pasta?
Yes! If you want to use pasta, simply swap the hashbrowns for the pasta of your choice. You'll want to cook the pasta to al dente before adding it to the casserole.
What is a good side dish to go with pulled pork?
What is the secret to tender pulled pork?
The secret to tender pulled pork is cooking it low and slow, and coating it with a ton of barbecue sauce.
More Casserole Recipes To Try Next
- Chicken cordon bleu casserole
- Mexican chicken casserole
- Beef enchilada casserole
- Cornbread chili casserole
- Big mac casserole
- Pork chop casserole
- Reuben casserole
- ¾ lb. Cooked pulled pork (or leftover pulled pork)
- ¾ Cup BBQ Sauce
- 1 ½ Cup Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
- 2 Cups frozen shredded hash browns, thawed and drained
- 1 Cup corn
- ½ Red onion, diced
- ½ Green bell pepper, diced
- Salt and Pepper
- Parsley, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180ºC) and grease a casserole dish.
- Mix cooked pulled pork with BBQ sauce in a bowl.
- In another bowl, mix half of the cheese, thawed hashbrowns, corn, onion, and green bell pepper.
- Add the pulled pork to the casserole dish and top with the hasbrown mixture. Add the rest of the shredded cheese on top and bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
- Serve with chopped parsley.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6.8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 1075mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2.6gSugar: 15gProtein: 21g